Windows 10: Upgraded PC win7 to win10 tried to install image activation not valid?

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  1.    10 Jun 2016 #1

    Upgraded PC win7 to win10 tried to install image activation not valid?

    Hi I followed the sysprep tutorial and managed to download a windows 10 pro image before microsoft changed the link back to the image creation tool so I would have an install.wim file as apposed to the install.esd which normally comes with the image tool.

    I upgraded the PC from Win7 Pro to Windows 10 using the get windows 10 free upgrade I logged in and checked the activation - Win10 Pro activated with digital entitlement all good.

    I then followed the tutorial to sysprep a new image via hyper-v installed all the software I wanted removed most of the windows apps etc.

    I rebooted after setting up the answer file everything was fine it restarted in sysprep mode I clicked ok to the sysprep rebooted and created a user Admin, I created a new normal user changed the user policies set the startmenu and exported the xml file used policy edit to set same for all users everything was as it should be I used a tool to create the default user based on the one I had just setup.

    to test everything I added another user but had to do this via the admin tools computer management as the add user in control panel would not load. The new user had all the same settings everything worked just fine so I deleted the two normal user accounts and created an image ready to deploy.

    I loaded relect and deleted the PC's current partitions and then loaded the image I had created the system restarted I logged in as admin wentto check activation and it said it had failed and the PC did not have a digital entitlement ?

    So what or where did I go wrong ?

    I am about to try a new image using the iamge creation tool but not sure how I can use the install.esd file I tried this previously and windows failed to load ?

    any help appretiated

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  2.    10 Jun 2016 #2

    First, are you using build 10586 of Windows 10? Second, did you try changing the product key to your Windows 7 product key on the activation screen under Settings, Updates & Security?
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  3.    10 Jun 2016 #3

    Hi thanks for the reply I downloaded iso Win10_1511_1_English_x64 no I did not have the original licence key to the machine it was already installed I presumed after running the upgrade and checking the activation was ok thet it would be fine. On another machine I ran a fresh install of windows 10 after upgrading from 7 - 10 and that worked fine the only thing that is different is the win10 image the upgrade version only comes with the install.esd for a short while you could download a full iso from the microsoft website which includes the install.wim file

    which is the one I used to build the image from?

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  4.    10 Jun 2016 #4

    1. You can get the Windows 10 ISO file with install.wim from here:
    Tech Bench

    2. Open a Command Prompt (Admin) and run:
    slmgr /dlv

    Post the results window here and we might be able to see if there is something wrong with your current activation attempts. There is no unique identifying information in the results, you don't need to blank anything out.

    3. Without the original Windows 7 product key or knowing how it was activated, if everything looks good in step #2, you might be in the position of having to purchase a license (product key) for Windows or calling Microsoft and hoping they will activate it for you.
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  5.    10 Jun 2016 #5

    Hi I think that is where I got my image from, I ran that command to check prior to rolling back Click image for larger version. 

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ID:	84491if I run a windows 10 fresh install it shows the same - must be somthing I did wrong when I created my image the main reason to create an image was to go from 32bit to 64bit OS and the ability to customise the system prior to adding users so they can't make changes etc.

    I will have a look next week see if I can figure it out.
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  6.    11 Jun 2016 #6

    This is what I have after upgrading from Win7 to Win10

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    and this is a fresh install windows 10
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    Just not sure where I went wrong with the image I made

    Strange the first image I posted is from my laptop yet it has the same partial serial number?
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  7.    11 Jun 2016 #7

    I think it might have somthing to do with UEFI I will try creating the image I want on the machine instead of VM see if that will work
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  8.    11 Jun 2016 #8

    All of your screenshots show normal licensing/activation. The Product Keys are the same because all of the Windows 10 product keys resulting from upgrades are the same for the same version of Windows - all upgrades to Home get the same product key, all upgrades to Pro get the same product key, etc. The difference between the computers that uniquely identifies them to Microsoft is the Hardware ID.
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  9.    11 Jun 2016 #9

    I see ok, so at what point does Windows try to activate - when I first install windows on the VM I have internet disabled after I enter sysprep I enable internet access so I can dl and install the software I want to use. should I image before I create a new user or just make sure the internet is off before creating the new Admin and standard user which I customise and copy to the default profile?

    I am asuming while in sysprep mode windows will not try and activate?


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  10.    11 Jun 2016 #10

    I really can't help with questions in post #9. I've never used Sysprep. @Kari is the expert in that area!
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